Making the Future Female

A Passage from my Novel…


Sharon laughed. ‘We’ve also got shelf stackers, till cashiers, additional actuaries, many carers and ex-carers, refuse collectors, apprentices, waitresses, a good many nursery workers, laundry and dry cleaning workers, farm workers and labourers, women from the French feminist group La Barbe who wear beards and take the piss out of male power, bouncers and bar attendants, box office clerks, a wide range of cleaners, hospital auxiliaries, porters, consultants of every hue, hospitality workers, taxi drivers, warehouse assistants, more council workers, a great gathering of retail assistants, women who describe themselves as actors and actresses, bus drivers, train drivers, driving instructors, hairdressers, betting shop workers, food processing operatives, assorted adwomen, TV engineers, a prime number of mathematicians and statisticians, therapists, TU officials, toolmakers, town planners, camerawomen, a trichologist, welfare rights officers, a Mrs Big, van drivers, brewers, painters and decorators, factory workers, childcare workers, community and youth workers, textile and clothing factory workers, car park attendants, editors, more traffic wardens, scaffolders, funeral directors, quite a few dry cleaners, teams of door-to-door saleswomen, teaching assistants, breeders, teachers, lecturers, dinner ladies and school cooks, inspectors, bingo-callers, telephone engineers, cabin crew, beggars, cafe and restaurant staff, anthropologists, market researchers, a petite Big Issue vendrix, a considerable number of chambermaids, masses of secretaries and armies of administrators, lots of so-called unemployed women, tax collectors, VAT women, chemists, pharmacists, telesales, spammers, hackers, air traffic controllers, customs officials, conwomen, factory inspectors, meter readers, opticians, network engineers, service engineers, numerous students, several politicians, psychologists and social psychologists, a couple of canal boat brokers, bursars, Reflexologists, captains of vessels and a captain of industry, authors, carpenters, surveyors, bakers, coaches, road workers, pop stars, archivists, art dealers, plasterers, beauticians, career criminals, forensic accountants and a former terrorist. If we never recruited anybody else, we could do a lot of damage with the women already in the team.’

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